OR it does NOT (meaning the leaf is widest in the middle or toward the tip), but with …

🍂︎ leaves=very short (2½-6 cm) (1-2½ in), shiny, and …
shrub, height=<1 m (<3 ft);  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  stems=hairless;  wet feet
alderleaf buckthorn  Rhamnus alnifolia

tree;  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  leaves=thin, after 1st month in grow season will form lobes=left+right+middle
sassafras  Sassafras albidum

tree;  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  stems=hairy, dark
glossy buckthorn  Frangula alnus

tree;  leaf shape= oval (barely longer than wide);  twigs=hairless, spine-tipped
common buckthorn  Rhamnus cathartica

or
🍂︎ leaves=medium (12-50 cm) (5-20 in), and …
no scar line encircling twig at each leaf, buds wooly without scales, petiole very short
pawpaw  Asimina triloba

thick leathery evergreen, undersurface=​rusty hairs
southern magnolia  Magnolia grandiflora

thin 🍃︎ deciduous, base looks like ear-lobes
saucer magnolia  Magnolia × soulangeana

thin 🍃︎ deciduous, shape= oval, widest in middle, tip has small point
cucumber magnolia  Magnolia acuminata

thin 🍃︎ deciduous, shape= oval, widest near tip, tip has definite point
saucer magnolia  Magnolia × soulangeana

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